2014 CCP Orchestra and Band Festival Goes Nationwide

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines proudly presents the CCP Orchestra and Band Festival from July 1 to 6 at the CCP Main and Little Theaters, as a continuing project of past CCP Festivals to feature the various orchestras and symphonic bands in the country. Leading the orchestra groups are the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Manila Symphony Orchestra, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, and the UP Symphony Orchestra. They will be joined by selected bands from around the country, including the […]

Teen tearjerker ‘Fault in Our Stars’ trounces Tom Cruise flick

(Reuters) – “The Fault in Our Stars,” a heart-wrenching love story about teens who meet in a cancer support group, won over moviegoers with a stellar $48.2 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters over the weekend, handily beating the new Tom Cruise sci-fi action film, “Edge of Tomorrow.” “Edge of Tomorrow,” which cost about $175 million, had to settle for third place with $29.1 million from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from tracking firm […]

‘Game of Thrones’ most popular series in HBO history

(Reuters) – “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s Emmy-award winning fantasy epic, has surpassed “The Sopranos” as its most popular series ever, the premium cable network said on Thursday. Episodes in the fourth season of the show have an average gross audience of 18.4 million, including repeat showings, video on demand and mobile streaming, which broke the record of 18.2 million set by the 2002 season of the mobster drama, “The Sopranos.” Video on demand and delayed […]

Lindsay Lohan’s mom loses license for a year after drunken driving

(Reuters) – Dina Lohan, the mother of actress Lindsay Lohan, was sentenced to 100 hours of community service on Tuesday and will lose her driver’s license for a year after police caught her speeding on New York’s Long Island while drunk. Lohan, 51, was sentenced in Nassau County District Court after pleading guilty to the charges in April. She had initially pleaded not guilty after state police pulled her over last September and said she […]

Director Oliver Stone to adapt Edward Snowden story for film

(Reuters) – Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone will be adapting the story of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for the big screen, from a book written by Guardian journalist Luke Harding, the British newspaper said in a statement on Monday. Stone, 67, with his production partner Moritz Borman, bought the film rights to Harding’s “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man,” that delved into the events surrounding Snowden leaking […]

Brad Pitt gets restraining order against Ukrainian prankster

(Reuters) – Police on Thursday issued a restraining order against the Ukrainian prankster who struck actor Brad Pitt in the face as he signed autographs at the Los Angeles premiere of “Maleficent,” the new Disney film starring Pitt’s partner Angelina Jolie. Pitt, 50, sought an emergency protective order against 25-year-old Vitalii Sediuk after he leaped over a fence at the “Maleficent” premiere and hit him, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Officer Wendy Reyes said. Sediuk, […]

A Minute With: Kristen Stewart on the follies of film and fame

(Reuters) – Stewart, 24, who became a fan favorite among young adults alongside her then-boyfriend Robert Pattinson in the “Twilight” films where she played a teen girl smitten with a vampire, has turned to darker fare such as this year’s Sundance film “Camp X-Ray,” where she plays a prison guard at Guantanamo Bay. In her latest movie “Clouds of Sils Maria,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Stewart plays the personal assistant of an […]

Angelina Jolie takes the vile out of villain in ‘Maleficent’

(Reuters) – Maleficent is a villain, and one of Disney’s most popular since she appeared as the wicked fairy in the 1959 animated feature “Sleeping Beauty,” in which she casts an evil spell on the princess. The modern reimagining of that fairytale in “Maleficent” allows Jolie to show the hurt that sparked her character’s evil side and how she overcomes it. It may be dark at times – “the darkest Disney will go” says Jolie […]

‘X-Men’ sequel tops ‘Avatar’ as Fox’s biggest global debut

(Reuters) – Mutant superhero movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past” powered to $302 million in worldwide ticket sales through the U.S. Memorial Day holiday on Monday, capping a weekend in which it surpassed “Avatar” as the biggest global debut for film studio 20th Century Fox. The seventh installment in the “X-Men” franchise topped U.S. and Canadian movie charts with $111.0 million from Friday through Monday, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak. The film earned […]

‘X-Men’ overpowers ‘Godzilla’ on way to holiday weekend win

(Reuters) – The “X-Men” mutant superheroes smashed into U.S. and Canadian theaters and collected $90.7 million in ticket sales through Sunday, keeping monster hit “Godzilla” at bay and heading toward a decisive win over a long holiday weekend. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” was expected to bring in $110 million by the end of the U.S. Memorial Day holiday on Monday, distributor 20th Century Fox said. The movie has already earned a global total of […]

‘Star Wars’ spin-off to be directed by ‘Godzilla’ filmmaker

(Reuters) – The yet-to-be-titled “Star Wars” film, which is being written by “The Book of Eli” screenwriter Gary Whitta, is being described as a stand-alone movie in addition to the next three installments beginning with Abrams’s “Star Wars: Episode VII,” to be released in December 2015. British director Edwards made his feature film debut with his re-imagining of “Godzilla,” which stormed the North American box office with $93.2 million in sales over the past weekend. […]